Two Adventist Publishing Houses
conference in Silver Spring, Maryland, approved and recommended to their respective constituencies a proposal to reorganize their operations.
Two Adventist Publishing Houses
On May 12, 2014, the boards of the Review and Herald Publishing Association and the Pacific Press Publishing Association, meeting respectively in Hagerstown, Maryland, and by telephone conference in Silver Spring, Maryland, approved and recommended to their respective constituencies a proposal to reorganize their operations. The restructuring plan was jointly proposed to the publishing house boards by the executive committees of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and its North American Division in meetings held on May 8, 2014.
The General Conference and the North American Division have spent considerable time assessing optimal publishing house arrangements for the future that would meet the needs of both the General Conference and its North American Division. Publishing plays an integral part in the mission of the church, and its close linkage with other church programs is of vital importance. Changes in the publishing industry and the church’s publishing ministries have caused financial challenges to operations, particularly at the Review and Herald, and have made this evaluation and proposed reorganization more urgent.
Under the restructuring plan the Pacific Press Publishing Association, located in Nampa, Idaho, will become an institution of the North American Division. It will serve as the base for the North American Division’s publishing program and also provide printing, production, and fulfillment services for the General Conference.
The Review and Herald Publishing Association will cease operations at its current location in Hagerstown, Maryland, but will continue as a General Conference institution. Its corporate office location will be transferred to the church’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, where the reconstituted organization, without printing and production facilities, will oversee the publishing of various products that are currently produced by the General Conference headquarters, such as Adventist Review, Adventist World, Ministry, The Journal of Adventist Education, Elder’s Digest, Liberty, Mission magazines, children’s and youth Sabbath school materials, the Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide, Biblical Research Institute publications, and other products. The Review and Herald Publishing Association will also serve as publisher of other products as determined by the General Conference to meet the needs of the world field. This reorganized publisher will require minimal staffing since the editors of the present products are already employees of the world church headquarters.
“The General Conference recognizes the tremendous significance of the publishing work not only to past evangelistic blessings in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but also to our current and future heaven-entrusted mission of the proclamation of the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14 and the fourth angel of Revelation 18,” said world church president Ted Wilson. “We want to follow the inspired counsel of the Spirit of Prophecy regarding the publishing ministries work, and our goal is to see [that] these institutions are best positioned to aid in finishing the work of preparing the world for Christ’s soon return through the power of the Holy Spirit. We greatly appreciate the dedication and commitment of the employees in the publishing houses and in every aspect of publishing ministries. God is blessing the publishing ministries worldwide, and the North American Division will reach its full potential in utilizing an unprecedented expansion of publishing ministries outreach in fulfillment of its mission goals for its territory.”
“We understand that this is an emotional time for so many dedicated workers at both publishing ministries,” said Dan Jackson, president of the North American Division. “We will move forward only after prayerful consideration and consultation. As ministry models change, one thing remains constant: our commitment to utilizing publishing as a means of reaching people with the hope of Jesus and it serving as a conduit to spreading the message of His soon return.”
A Memorandum of Understanding between the General Conference and the North American Division will outline additional details of the transition and future operations. The North American Division will establish a transition team to determine how the physical assets of the Review and Herald Publishing Association and the Pacific Press Publishing Association will be used going forward.
The transition team will also determine which personnel currently employed by the Review and Herald Publishing Association will be needed at the Pacific Press Publishing Association location. Every effort will be made to accommodate as many as possible of the current Review and Herald staff and incorporate them into the Pacific Press operations. However, a major restructuring will involve loss of jobs from the cessation of operations in Hagerstown, Maryland.
This restructuring plan does not become official until the constituent bodies of each publishing association approve it. The two constituencies will meet independently of each other on June 17, 2014, at the General Conference headquarters. The proposed plan would take effect on July 1 if those constituencies give their approval.
—NAD Communication, ANN, Adventist Review
“Cieling 2.0” Brings Special Visitors
This year’s Cieling event, the Inter-European Division’s youth gathering held in Madrid, Spain, April 17-20, included some special visitors.
A group of hearing-impaired youth from the Adventist church in Valencia (Spain) participated for the first time. This year’s event brought together more than 1,000 young Adventists from all over Spain. Two individuals provided translation services for the Valencia youth during the four-day event.
Presentations by Pastor Joel Barrios were translated into sign language. Though some attendees were hearing-impaired, they were still able to enjoy the music in a special way.
“The integration of the hearing-impaired in the Cieling event was very impressive,” commented one of the translators. The impact of the meeting was so powerful that two of the young assistants responded to Barrios’ call to follow Jesus’ example. They are now studying the Bible to know more about God’s plan of salvation for humanity.
“This is priceless,” commented one of the guardians who escorted a Valencia youth. “It was truly a miracle trip, filled with many blessings.”
—Cid Leopoldino/CD EUDNews
Nepali Child Receives 5,000th Surgery
Nishant, a 2-year-old Nepali child, became the 5,000th patient to receive free, life-transforming surgery provided by Open Heart International (OHI) volunteers.
Nishant’s right leg was burned severely when he was 6 months old and fell onto the cooking fire in his home. Since he had never walked prior to the accident, his family feared he would never walk at all.
In April, Nishant’s mother, Harimaya, heard that OHI volunteers offered free burn contracture surgery at Scheer Memorial Hospital in Banepa near Kathmandu.
It took Harimaya and Nishant three days to travel the 500 kilometers (300 miles) from their home in Kailali to the hospital, where Dr. David Pennington and his medical team operated on the boy’s right leg. Three days later the toddler was walking with assistance.
“To see Nishant—‘Mr. 5,000’ to the OHI team—running for the first time in his life brought tears to the eyes of his mother and the team members,” said John Sanburg, OHI’s Nepal project coordinator. “This was my final visit after 20 years of mission trips to Nepal, so to have the 5,000th OHI patient on this trip will be a special memory.”
Burns are the second most common injury in rural Nepal, accounting for 5 percent of all disabilities. Many Nepali women and children are burned at home on their cooking fire, which is traditionally situated on the floor at the center of the household. Government hospital networks cannot cope with the demand for surgery resulting from the burns. Many villages have no access to emergency medical facilities, and some families live as far as a three-day walk from the nearest road.
The OHI team plans to return to Nepal next year. They may operate on Nishant’s ankle, if he and his mother are able to make the journey back to Banepa.
Nishant is one of the thousands of patients who have benefited from the services of OHI since Australia’s Sydney Adventist Hospital launched the initiative in 1986.
OHI provides free cardiac, orthopedic, ophthalmic, women’s health, and burn surgery in 13 developing countries across the world, including Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, and Rwanda.
More than 2,000 volunteers have donated their time, skills, expertise, and financial support to enable others to live longer and have better quality lives.
—Open Heart International/Record staff
Social Media Campaign Offers Sharable Health Tips
The Seventh-day Adventist Church recently released a social media campaign about healthful living for members to share with their churches and the public.
The Facts With Hope campaign offers 12 one-minute videos that share tips on the importance of physical activity, healthy eating, maintaining healthy relationships, and gratitude. The one-minute spots can be viewed individually, shown to groups and churches, embedded into Web sites, and shared through social media.
“This is a great way to share our messages about health, which have been backed up by scientific study,” said Katia Reinert, North American Division health ministries director. “We want people to know evidence-based ways to live healthier, happier lives.”
The Adventist Church has promoted healthful living since the denomination was established more than 150 years ago. In recent decades Adventists have been featured in books and magazines for longevity; and the U.S. National Institutes of Health is helping fund extensive research about what makes Adventists one of the longest living people groups ever studied.
In 2011 the Pan American Health Organization began a collaboration with the Adventist Church to help implement the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals at grassroots levels throughout North America and South America.
The Facts With Hope series was produced by the Adventist Church’s North American Division Health Ministries Department and the General Conference Communication Department.
See the campaign at factswithhope.org.
Newbold College Board Appoints New Principal
The Board of Governors at Newbold College in Bracknell, England, appointed John Baildam to the position of principal at its spring meeting on May 11.
Baildam has served the college for more than 30 years in a variety of capacities, including English school director, and admissions and records director. Since 1997 he has served as director of Academic Affairs and more recently as deputy principal. Baildam has also served as chair of Governors for Garth Hill College in Bracknell, since 1999.
Through his involvement with many professional committees and associations, Baildam has developed a deep and comprehensive knowledge of the higher education system in the United Kingdom, and has established a wide network of contacts.
He comes with solid Adventist and academic credentials. He’s the son of Denys and Jean Baildam, an Adventist pastoral family who served across the UK from the 1940s to the 1990s. His wife, Lynda, serves Newbold as associate librarian.
“I am excited by the task ahead as all of us as the college—students and staff—work together to give increasing numbers of young people the opportunity to enjoy the high quality of spiritual, social, and academic life at Newbold,” Baildam said. He is already working to significantly increase enrollment by September 2015.
His message to parents and potential students: “Too many are missing out on the life-changing, faith-affirming experience to be found at Newbold.”
Baildam replaces Philip Brown, who is returning to Australia following a three-year stint at Newbold. College development under his leadership included campus refurbishment, student life initiatives, a new certificate in health and wellness, and admission to the Adventist Colleges Abroad consortium.
—Kristy Watkins/BUC News